Fix Disappearing SendTo "Compressed (Zipped) Folder" in XP

For those who have always relied on WinZip, there's a little-documented feature of Windows XP that lets you unzip and zip folders of files very easily. Just right-click a folder and go to SendTo > Compressed (Zipped) Folder to create a zip archive of the selected folder. If you double-click the icon, it will open seamlessly. To add a password, just open the archive window and go to File > Add a Password...

One problem I've seen is that for some reason, this icon in the SendTo folder has a tendency to disappear. Here's the solution. Type:

rundll32 zipfldr.dll,RegisterSendto into the Run window and run it. The icon will re-appear under SendTo! By the way, it's also a good idea if you first choose Compressed (Zipped) Folders as your default app for opening .zip files. Right-click and go to Open with... to choose this.

I hope this is helpful to someone.

5 comments:

Kurt said...

Thank you very much, this worked great. I've spent about four hours searching for an answer and finally found yours.

Kurt said...

Thank you very much, this worked great.

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word fencer said...

Thanks! That fixed my problem. :D

Evgeny said...

Thanks a lot!
rundll32 zipfldr.dll,RegisterSendto
"compressed (zipped) folder disappeared" problem solved!